Monday, April 13, 2015

Jeremy Lin Signing at WSS in Los Angeles 4-11-15

Jeremy Lin had a public signing this past weekend at the WSS Store from 4-5pm. With the purchase of $30 worth of merchandise they gave you a wristband to get Jeremy Lin's autograph. I ended up picking up $30 worth of socks.

I arrived at the event around a little past 3pm. LA traffic is terrible but luckily I carpooled with Jeremy and Benson. Thanks to my friend Spencer he held down a spot for us. Thanks again Spencer.

One word pretty much sums up this event; clusterfuck.



Jeremy ended up arriving at about 4pm. 




It was basically a cattle call similar to a book signing where the handler grabs your item and the athlete or celebrity doesn't switch pens and runs with it. It was strictly one autograph per person with no photo ops and all the autographs were rushed. The handlers wouldn't let Jeremy switch pens so he ran with the jumbo black sharpie. Here is how my jersey turned out.




The main reason why I even went to the event was to try to get a full signature or even an inscription from Jeremy Lin. You would think at a technically paid sit down signing the quality of the autograph would be better. I probably could have gotten a better auto in person at another public event. I guess I shouldn't complain since I got the autograph and it was on a cheap item. But all in all it wasn't the best experience from an autograph signing since there was no fan interaction. Jeremy didn't even say a word to his fans and was focused on knocking out all the autographs for the 250 fans that showed up so he can get out of there as soon as possible.

Luckily though I wasn't stuck with $30 dollars worth of socks as I was able to return the items at another WSS store.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Joc Pederson Signing Time Warner Cable Store 4-4-15

Thanks to a last minute tip from my friend Josh I decided to go to the Joc Pederson signing at the Time Warner Cable Store at the Beverly Connection. Normally I sleep in on Saturdays if I am not working but luckily I got an early morning text from my friend Josh who knew I was still trying to get my first Joc Pederson autograph.


Joc was scheduled to sign from 10-11:30am. This was literally last minute so I drove straight to the store and arrived about 30 minutes into the signing. To my surprise only about 10 people were there and there was no line since everyone got their items signed. This was the rare autograph signing where only a few graphers showed up most likely due to the fact that it wasn't publicized well.



Joc's handlers enforced the strictly one autograph per person rule. Thus all the graphers who were there were lurking hoping that the rules would change.

There was a ton of media there filming the entire event which was most likely for the show Backstage Dodgers which is shown on the Dodgers Network on Time Warner Cable.


As soon as I gave Joc my baseball he turned the ball with the intention to side panel it. I politely asked for the sweetspot and he luckily obliged. I assumed he would be sweetspotting since it's a public signing but I noticed that he side panelled baseballs for other fans at the event and was personalizing photos like the previous night at Angel Stadium. I guess he is under contract since most rookies wouldn't be big leaguing like that. I was happy I finally got Joc's autograph and he was kind enough to take a photo with me as well.




All the regulars such as Josh, Spencer, Adrian, Larry, Marc, and Jay were all upset including me since we could have totally racked this event. Joc was sitting there with an hour left and didn't sign since we weren't allowed to go back in line for seconds. This reminded me of the time when Marshall Faulk finished up his session an hour early and just sat there and refused to sign more autographs for people who already got him.

All in all I couldn't complain too much since I was happy to finally get Joc's autograph. I want to thank Josh again for the last minute tip and also Marc for giving Josh the heads up about the event.


Dodgers Postgame Graphing in Anaheim 4-3-15

Here is a small recap of what I got during postgame at the Angels vs Dodgers game in Anaheim. Basically my goal was to get my Don Mattingly jersey signed and hopefuly get Joc Pederson and Jimmy Rollins' autograph for the first time.

I ran into old friends such as my friend Jose who hooked me up with a Jim Abbott ball with the no hitter inscription. I couldn't make the signing a few weeks ago but Jose was kind enough to get me his autograph.


Jose is one of nicest graphers in the graphing community. Thanks again Jose for helping me with Jim Abbott.

I also ran into You who like me is a diehard fan of the KBO aka Korea Baseball Organization. He was kind enough to hook me up with some baseball cards from Korea. Thanks again You.


As expected it was crowded as usual since fans from LA flock Anaheim whenever the Dodgers are in town. The first autograph I got was from Brett Anderson who walked out with Brandon McCarthy. Luckily I was able to get both guys to sign some cards for me.


I was also able to get autographs from Darwin Barney and Chris Heisey who walked out together as well.

I ended up getting skipped by Joc Pederson who was personalizing all photos and side paneling every single baseball. He's pretty difficult to get considering he's only an unproven rookie thus far. Due to his hype he's already big leaguing which isn't a good sign for graphers.

Last but not least I was able to get Coach Mattingly on my Yankees jersey. This was one of the quickest turnarounds for me as I ended up picking up the vintage Yankees jersey in February which is only about two months ago.





Coach Mattingly was doing a signing session so I also ended up getting my Gold Glove ball signed.




The only notable Angels autograph I got was from good old David Freese who was kind enough to add the "Go Halos" inscription.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Shaqfest at Newegg City of Industry 3-15-15

Thanks to a tip from my friend Shaun aka Yosh I decided to check out Monster Madness with Shaquille O'neal at the Newegg store in City of Industry. Shaq was there to promote his Monster products such as speakers and headphones. I was literally informed about the signing yesterday but by the time I went to check for tickets they were already sold out.





Luckily Shaun had an extra ticket for me. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't have gotten all of these autographs today since the tickets to the event were sold out. Thanks again Shaun I owe you one. I couldn't pass up the chance to meet Shaq let alone get his autograph. The signing took place literally a few miles from my house. You rarely get a signing so close to your home let alone from a future HOFer. Shaq has always been one of my all time favorite Lakers so it was a great opportunity to finally meet him in person. My goal today was to get my Forum Floor Piece signed along with possibly a basketball. I didn't prep for this event since this was last minute.

Here are the details of the signing below.


Basically the first 20 fans were guaranteed an auto and a photo op with a purchase of a Monster product. Today they had portable cell phone chargers for sale which cost about 32 dollars and also portable speakers for sale which went for sale for 100-120 depending on which model you bought.


I arrived at the signing at around 8am and was ironically number 8 in line which is also Kobe's old number.  I hope that didn't mean bad luck for me. The event was organized and they started handing out wristbands at around 11am.



They ended up selling 12 powercards to the first 12 people in line. The rest of the fans who wanted a wristband had to fork over 100-120 for a speaker. I picked up the powercard since I always needed one and also because I didn't want to spent 100 on some speakers I wouldn't end up using.



While waiting in line I was chatting with the graphing family and ran into a familiar face; my buddy Jerry. If you recall Jerry is the same guy who hooked me up with a Gary Matthews Jr bat several years ago. Jerry has always been nice to me over the years so we chatted a bit and discussed what items we were hoping to get signed today. He mentioned he was going to get a jersey signed plus his forum floor piece and possibly a basketball as well. I told him I had no time to prep since it was a last minute event for me and mentioned this would be a perfect opportunity to drop a jersey on Shaq. Jerry mentioned that he had a surplus of procut Shaq jerseys in his car and asked me if I wanted one. So we go over to his car and I see two brand new with tags attached Procut Road Shaq jerseys from the 2000-2001 season. Getting a last minute high quality jersey unplanned is completely unexpected and thanks to Jerry he sold me his extra jersey for a reasonable price. Thanks again Jerry for the hookup. Thus my plans changed and the jersey was the first item to be signed today.




Shaq arrived at the signing around 3pm and they were letting the first group of five go inside the Newegg building. Shaq was cool as can be and kindly added the 3peat inscription for me on my jersey.





I also ended up getting a basketball signed by Shaq.



As soon as Shaq was finished signing for fans with wristbands the organizers of the event said that Shaq was done signing. There were still about 150 fans waiting outside, most of which showed up to the event when it started and they were also the ones who didn't buy any Monster products. Shaq was cool and told the organizers that he would sign for the rest of the fans. Thus we all hopped back in line to maximize our opportunities for the day. The last item I had left for him was my Great Western Forum Floor Piece with all the players with retired Lakers jersey numbers. This project is still a work in progress as I am missing Magic, Elgin, Kareem, and West. Chamberlain, Mikan and Hearn are also missing but sadly those guys won't be on this piece since they are deceased. If Goodrich didn't take up all the real estate i'd have room for more.


Here is what the rest of the gang got today. Shaun ended up getting a basketball and all of his SI's done.




My buddy Manuel aka "The Godfather" racked as usual and got his photos plus a basketball done.


My buddy Mikey got his shoes done plus a few photos.




Last but not least my friend Big Mike ended up getting a basketball plus an ROMLB signed by Shaq using the good ol Sweetspot Jacket.


I want to give a shoutout to the graphing family and all those who waited with me for seven hours to get Shaq's autograph. I want to thank the staff of Newegg for running such a well organized event. I also want to give a special thanks to Shaun aka Yosh and also Jerry. If it weren't for Shaun I wouldn't have gotten all these autographs today and it weren't for Jerry then there wouldn't be a signed Shaq autographed jersey in my PC. Thanks again everyone.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Signed Baseball Garage Sale Updated

Here is a list of signed baseballs below along with the price that are part of my updated signed baseball garage sale. You can email me at dhp226@nyu.edu or message me via kik at lowdownrow if you want to see photos of the items.

Shipping for each baseball is $5. For multiple baseballs ordered I can offer discounted shipping. I accept cash for in person local pickups from graphers in Southern California. Otherwise I accept Paypal from out of state buyers. Paypal payments can be made to dhp226@nyu.edu. Please make sure you send the payments as a gift so I don't get charged any paypal fees.

All baseballs are signed on the sweetspot in blue pen on Rawlings Official Major League baseballs unless stated otherwise. Some of the bargain bin $5 dollar baseballs are ROMLBs from batting practice.

 5 Dollar Baseballs

2) Rudy Law Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
3) Jamey Carroll Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
4) Darren Dreifort Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
5) Josh Lindblom Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
6) Bobby Grich Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
7) Arte Moreno Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
8) Clyde Wright batting practice ROMLB with no Hitter inscription signed on the sweetspot
9) Ron Jackson Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
10) Jerome Williams Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
11) Mark Gubicza Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
12) Jake Westbrook signed ROMLB under the MLB logo
13) 2011 Indians Team Ball: Manny Acta, Jon Nunnally, Tim Tolman, Justin Germano, Vinnie Pestano, Josh Tomlin, Adam Everett batting practice ball (Acta is signed in black sharpie and the rest are in blue bic pen)
14) 2011 Indians Team Batting Practice Ball: Chad Durbin, Justin Germano, Jeanmar Gomez, Josh Tomlin, Lou Marson, Jack Hannahan, Michael Brantley
15) 2012 Nationals Team Batting Practice Ball: Collin Balester, Alex Cora, Danny Espinosa, Jerry Hairston, Roger Bernadina , Bo Porter
16) Ernesto Frieri batting practice side panel baseball
17) John Ely Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
18) Addison Reed batting practice ROMLB Signed on the Sweetspot
19) Sam Fuld Battice Practice ROMLB on the Sweetspot


22) Dan Gladden signed in black pen personalized to David
23) Brendan Harris signed in black pen with Angles COA

10 Dollar Baseballs

2) Eric Young Dodgers 50th Baseball signed under the logo batting practice baseball
3) Manny Mota Dodgers 50th Anniversary Batting Practice Baseball signed under the logo
4) Lucas Giolito with 16th pick inscription batting practice ball
5) Jay Johnstone
6) Jonathan Broxton

8) Maicer Izturis
9) Hank Conger
10) Kyle Drabek
11) Miguel Batista
12) Matt Hobgood with draft pick inscription
13) Matt Capps
14) Brandon League
15) Kevin Millwood
16) Scott Downs with Angels COA


15 Dollar Baseballs
1) Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells Angels 50th Anniversary BP Baseball signed under the logo
2) Nick Swisher side panel baseball
3) Miguel Tejada ROMLB under mlb logo


6) 2011 Twins Team Ball: Ron Gardenhire, Delmon Young, Scott Diamond,  Luke Hughes, Trevor Plouffe, Rene Tosoni , Dan Gladden
7) 2012 Rangers Team Ball: Ron Washington, Colby Lewis, CJ Wilson, Matt Treanor, Mark Lowe, Gary Pettis
8) Mickey Hatcher
9) Alfredo Griffin
10) Dioner Navarro with All Star inscription
11) Casey Blake
12) Mike Napoli signed in black pen
13) Juan Rivera

15) Gary Disarcina
16) Chuck Finley signed in black pen MLB Authenticated

18) Bob Lee with 1965 All Star inscription
19) Mark Langston
20) Tyler Chatwood
21) Jordan Walden
22) Ricky Romero
23) Brady Anderson
24) Trevor Cahill
25) Brian Fuentes
26) LaTroy Hawkins with Angels COA
27) Erisbel Arruebarruena side panel
28) Edinson Volquez

20 Dollar Baseballs
1) Claude Osteen
2) Chad Billingsley
3) James Loney
4) Peter Bourjos
5) Vernon Wells
6) Frank Tanana
7) Don Baylor

9) Troy Percival
10) Chili Davis
11) Chris Chambliss
12) Adam Kennedy
13) CJ Wilson
14) Neftali Feliz
15) Andrew Bailey
16) Yonder Alonso
17) Dustin Ackley

19) Carlos Quentin
20) Chase Headley
21) Justin Morneau (MLB Authenticated) has small areas of toning
22) Steve Finley

24) Gordon Beckham

25 Dollar Baseballs
1) Mark Trumbo
2) Terry Pendleton
3) Al Leiter
4) Bret Saberhagen
5) Harold Baines
6) Shin Soo Choo black pen
7) Max Fried with #7 overall pick inscription
8) Steve Garvey 1981 World Series Ball signed under the logo (toning)
9) Darryl Strawberry
10) Joakim Soria 2008 All Star Ball slight spotting
11) Corey Hart 2008 All Star Baseball

13) Kendrys Morales
14) Dan Haren
15) Kyle Gibson

30 Dollar Baseballs
1) Mike Moustakas
2) Nolan Arenado
3) Shin Soo Choo
4) Jurickson Profar Side Panel
5) Francisco Rodriguez
6) Starling Marte
7) James Worthy
8) Matt Moore
9) Patrick Corbin
10) Ron Cey Dodgers 50th Anniversary Ball signed under the logo.

12) Robin Ventura

14) Billy Butler
15) Andy Pettitte PSA Authenticated (Slight bleeding)
16) Dan Haren 2007 All Star Ball with 1st ASG and AL Starting Pitcher inscription (Slight bleeding)
17) Carlos Quentin 2008 All Star Ball signed under the logo with 1st All Star inscription
18) Nick Castellanos
19) Joe Nathan
20) Shawn Green

35 Dollar Baseballs
1) Josh Hamilton 2012 All Star Ball signed under the logo
2) Brandon Phillips

4) Jered Weaver 2010 All Star Baseball signed on the SS with black pen
5) Starlin Castro

7) Lance Berkman
8) Jack Morris
9) Garrett Richards 

40 Dollar Baseballs

2) Don Sutton on HOF Ball under the logo
3) Magic Johnson signed in black pen under Dodgers Logo Ball
4) Don Newcombe Dodgers 50th Anniversary Ball Under the logo


7) Clay Buchholz
8) Goose Gossage with HOF inscription


50 Dollar Baseballs
1) Tony LaRussa
2) Jim Thome JSA Authenticated


70 Dollar Baseballs
1) Reggie Jackson
2) Nolan Ryan 2010 WS baseball with 2010 AL Champs inscription Ryan Authentication

Vernon Davis GNC Store Signing 2-28-15

Vernon Davis was scheduled to sign autograph from 3-4:30pm at the GNC store today at Fox Hills Mall in Culver City. He was there to promote his new product Force Factor.

I try to avoid free signings these days due to long wait times in line but I couldn't pass this opportunity up since we rarely get NFL signings in Southern California. Plus I figured the lines would be short today since there were several other autograph events going on the same time.



I arrived at the signing about an hour early and luckily there were only about 15 people in line.


As soon as I arrived it was nice to run into some familiar faces. I ran into my friend Anthony who was there with his family. I chatted it up with him for about an hour until Vernon showed up. Here is a pic below of Anthony and his family getting some some photos an a jersey signed by Vernon.



Initially the handlers were saying one item only per person but Vernon was kind enough to sign multiple items. I ended up presenting him with two photos and he gladly signed them for me without any hesitation.



In the end I think only about 75 people showed up so the line moved pretty fast. I ended up getting back in line since I also had a mini helmet for him to sign as well. There I ran into my friend Benson who ended up showing up later on. We got lucky since the security cut the line off as soon as I got back in line.




Overall it was a great experience. I want to thank the staff at GNC for running the event so smoothly. I also want to give a shoutout to the graphing family including Anthony. Benson, Jordan, Larry, Big Mike, Mikey, and Matt.